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A Grouchy Uncle and a Polish Grandmother, by Stephanie B.

25 Jun

Stephanie B. is thrilled to be a new grandma. She lives in the Pasadena area.

I was always apathetic about the Vietnam War.  In 1964 I was 16 years old.  When some of the protests started, I had no TV and I didn’t read any newspapers.  I was very shy.  During my teen years, I lived in a small city in Michigan with my illiterate Polish grandmother and a grouchy uncle.  Later, an activist friend suggested to me that growing up Catholic discouraged me from forming any opinions about anything or taking risks  “because that’s what organized religion does to people.”  I fell away from Catholicism in 1964 at the age of 17; however, even today I have a fear of jumping to conclusions.


In my defense, I would like to say I vote Democratic and I love watching LINK TV1. In 1972 I moved to Los Angeles and was delighted to be able to wear pants to work – in an office!  I imagined myself a feminist2.

Feminism pants

  1. LINK TV. “Since its founding in 1999, Link TV has been providing a unique perspective on international news, current events, and diverse cultures, presenting issues not often covered in the US media. Through our national network and websites (,, and, we connect American viewers with people at the heart of breaking events, organizations in the forefront of social change and the cultures of an increasingly global community. Link TV is operated by KCETLink, the national independent public transmedia organization formed by the December 2012 merger between the Los Angeles-based public television station KCET and Link Media.”  (Source:
  2. Wearing pants to work. The second phase of the Feminist movement, the 1960’s and 1970’s, brought more intense demonstrations, sometimes including bra burning rallies as a symbolic gesture.  The term, “Women’s Liberation,” was heard more often.  Pants became common, especially “bell bottom pants,” in the 1970’s.